Tuesday, January 5th 2016
Below is a list of risky/tainted weight-loss/diet pills that have been recalled due to potential user danger.
And although the warnings came from the FDA (USA focused) - International users will also need to hear this as many of these risky/tainted supplements can be purchased globally because of internet availability.
On December 22, 2015, Bee Extremely Amazed LLC issued a voluntary recall of all lots of the following weight loss supplements, which were found to contain sibutramine and phenolphthalein:
- Asset Bold
- Asset Extreme Plus
- La Trim Plus
- Slim X-15
- Slim Trim U
- Ultimate Formula
- Xcel Advanced
- Zi Xiu Tang
Sibutramine, the active ingredient in the obesity drug Meridia, was removed from the U.S. market in October of 2010
because it can substantially increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some individuals, and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. The drug may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.
Phenolphthalein, once an ingredient in some over-the-counter laxative products, was reclassified by the FDA in 1999 as "NOT generally recognized as safe and effective."
The FDA warned consumers not to buy or use Oasis Bee Pollen and Evolve Bee Pollen several days before this recall was issued.
Consumers who have purchased these supplements should not use them, and contact their healthcare provider if they have experienced any adverse side effects. Consumers and healthcare providers are also encouraged to report any adverse reactions to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program
If you feel you need "extra help" in your fat-loss efforts
- and you already have a good fitness/exercise routine in place, with good nutrition habits - then adding help from a GMP certified, 3rd party tested source is the smart way to go about it. The non-stimulant Metabo379 from BioTrust (read details here)
is one worth considering.
The dangerous choice of using cheaper, non-tested, non-certified products, with outrageous & unrealistic claims is way too risky for anyone to attempt.
And keep in mind, the FDA, and other global watchdog organizations do the best they can to watch over the supplement landscape - but the fact is the sea is way to large for them to be aware of everything that is on the market - and anything new coming into the market.
So it falls on us to be wise in our searches and even wiser in how we make our choices of products we might want to include in our health and fitness lifestyles.
Please do share this post with anyone you know who could benefit from knowing about the recalls and bans above.
Looking out for you...
Your trainer for life,
Tuesday, December 8th 2015
I'm making my list - and checking it twice... So, I need to know if you've been naughty, or nice...
2015 is coming to a close soon - and 2016 arrives in just a few weeks - so it's time for a quick reflection and time to look to the future - as the only way to have the future you desire - is to create it. So...
Before you post your reply in the comments section at the bottom of this post... I guess it's only fair if I go first...
Truth is - I've been both naughty and nice...
First - the naughty:
1 - I've sworn a bit more this year than I've wanted to.
But have already put the clamps down on it. It's a choice based on values really - not a reaction that can't be controlled - or a habit that can't be dropped.
2 - Been going to bed too late.
I find myself still up at almost midnight and this has to be changed. I'm not doing anything bad in those evening hours... Just staying up late, after my youngest goes to sleep, to do some more work - or read for a bit... Even though innocently spending that time - I feel the need to shift my bedtime to an earlier hour (stay tuned).
3 - I haven't shared as much gratitude as I could.
Some here and some there - but it needs to become a ritual. So, I may crack open a gratitude journal and aim for a daily entry - even if only one sentence. (those of you who do this know how powerful it can be).
That's it for naughty, lol...
Now - the nice:
1 - I've started waking up at about 5:45am
- to get a head start on the day - and finish my morning run and meditation before my youngest wakes up for school.
2 - I've cut-down the amount of organic beer/ale to maybe once or twice per month
- on a weekend here or there. Not that I was taking in "too much".. but it has become important to me to cut back and just enjoy a little here and there... Sometimes I can go months without.
3 - Eating less chocolate.
(still need some daily :-)
4 - Being even kinder and friendlier to strangers and new people I meet.
Giving random, but genuine, compliments. (this can make someone's day).
5 - Being even more interactive with my kids.
In efforts of total-life, continuous improvement - interaction with my kids is something I continue to work at (I sense they appreciate it.)
6 - Reading daily/nightly.
I want to evolve into my full potential and reading is one of the strongest tools for this. I want to build a successful women's fitness studio brand (a revolutionary movement, actually), I want to create an awesomely amazing relationship some day, I want to live a life of wisdom and make an impact on people I come in contact with... I want to be an example for others to emulate - to make this world a better place... Reading, internalizing and acting on the new knowledge gained is how to make all those happen.
So, how about you?
Naughty? Nice? Or maybe a bit of both?
I'd love to know - so please use the space below.
Your trainer for life,
Friday, November 20th 2015
Most people glance these types of headlines over
- if they even get a chance to see them... Because these types of new pieces aren't as magnetic as the ones loaded with nonsensical drama and mainstream brain trash...
So I take it as part of my responsibility
to pluck these out, feature them here and bring to YOUR worthy attention... So, here we go:
Via NBC News: Feds Announce Sweeping Regulatory Actions Against Supplement Makers
(arrests, sanctions, fines and shut-downs)
The supplement categories and products highlighted range from 'libido/sexual enhancers' to 'weight-loss' to 'hormone aids' to 'sleep aids' and many more...
The article highlights some of these most recent offenses - plus the exact companies guilty of them:
- Spiked/Tainted with pharmaceuticals/drugs... How dangerous (and sick) is THAT??!
- Adulterated ingredients... Dirty way to do business
- Absent of ingredients listed on label... Sleazy
- Grossly misleading claims... Downright unethical
You can also read this official statement letter
from The Center for Responsible Nutrition...
All in all
- when you read about the devious manufacturing practices and dangerous product offerings in the resources above - you can understand why I keep my supplement choices to a very limited few.
Those limited few I use are:
1 - BioTrust (ships Worldwide)
EVERY order placed feeds a hungry child - and they are also a partner of the 'Make a Wish' Foundation
2 - Prograde
(ships to USA & CAN) 4.5 out of 5 Star Shopper Ratings
3 - Living Well Nutraceuticals
Top reputation and Customer Support
Have any questions, comments, thoughts about today's important post? Please just post below - you know I always love hearing from you.
Your trainer for life,
Monday, November 16th 2015
I have a big question for you...
What would you like me to focus on for
new blog posts as we move closer to
the New Year - and into 2016?
PLEASE write your request in the box below... I'm looking forward to hearing from you!!
Your trainer for life,
Thursday, October 22nd 2015
A few weeks ago I promised to share the short story of a magical scene which unfolded in the aisle of Whole Foods - and here it is…
If you’ve been following my updates for the last few months you know that I’m in gear to open the first SCULPTAFIT studio for women - ideally by Feb. 1st (as long as lease negotiations go to plan
So, with all the pieces of the puzzle I am pulling together - my mind is working on things 24/7 - both consciously and subconsciously.
One of the things I’ve been pondering is my local marketing plan to reach my ideal clients.
My general approach is to leverage all the ways I’ve been using the internet to reach people like you, in other parts of the world, in the same manner - to reach people right in my own zip code…
The key is to “celebritize” myself in order to give the brand a human face and persona
- more importantly - a story.. the “story” of where this unique fitness/wellness concept for women all came from…
So, while driving to Whole Foods a few weeks ago - my mind pulled up a memory from a few years ago
- when I was running into Walmart to get a small gear bag for my mountain bike…
As I’m looking at the display rack - I sense a woman a few feet away from me - and she asks; “Excuse me, you look very familiar - I think I know you from somewhere…”
(Jennifer, If you’re reading this please do say “HI” below in the comment section :-)
With a smile, I reply; “Really? where do you think you recognize me from?”
She replies; “Do you make fitness DVDs? I think I have some of your DVDs… Are you Joey Atlas?”
(And as she’s realizing it’s me - she’s getting even more surprised about it.)
Smiling even more - I say; “YES - I’m Joey - and I’m so glad to hear you have my dvds - and even happier you took the chance to ask if it is me!!”
So we spoke for a bit and it turned out she only lived a few blocks away from me in the previous neighborhood I lived in (Bartam Springs).
That episode really gave me a sense of the reach and impact I’m having on people’s lives.
My global reach via the internet allowed me to reach someone just a few streets over. AWESOME.
It also gave me a sense of the celebrity factor - and how it can elevate the perception of a person who is on a mission. And how it can fuel a person’s drive to create and build a movement - a constructive and progressive revolution - ultimately to help more people reach personal success…
That morning driving to Whole Foods - recalling that Walmart encounter
- made me realize I need to strive for making more of that happen in my local market in order to elevate the presence of SCULPTAFIT - even before the doors are open for business - all with the aim of reaching my ideal prospects who need and want what SCULPTAFIT will bring them…
So, I get to Whole Foods
and I’m in gear to do a very quick shop - the ‘no cart needed’ type…
As I’m turning the corner to go from one aisle into the next - I cross the path of a woman walking back to her cart - where her daughter is… I smile and say excuse me as I cross her path
I get into the aisle I was aiming for and I’m looking for a specific item in the freezer case (organic waffles for the kids)... And I sense someone to my right. I hear her say something but sounds like she was talking to someone else…
She repeats herself
and I realize she’s talking to me; “Do you write a fitness blog?”
Smiling, I apologize
for not hearing her the first time and say “YES, how do you know?”
She replies; “Is your name Joey... Joey Atlas?”
I say “Yes!”
And then I ask where she knows me from…
She replies; “I don’t know how I came across you - but about 5 years ago, when we were living in Pennsylvania, I found your blog and have been following ever since… We moved here to Florida and I knew it was around your area of Jacksonville…”
She also asked about the timing and location for the first SCULPTAFIT
studio and was very excited to hear (fist-pump style) that the location may literally be within a mile or 2 from where she and her family live.
We spoke for a bit more
- and I thanked her, sincerely, for making the connection there in the aisle and reaching out to say hi, etc…
She really made my day by doing that
- and the magical incident was the universe’s way of showing me it is listening to my thoughts, seeing my intentions - and giving affirmation that I am on the right path.
Do you have a magical story to share, similar to mine above? Please share below...
Do you live somewhere in Jacksonville, FL?
I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below…
Or anything else you want to share?
- please post below, as I’d love to hear from you.
- thanks for being here - thanks for reading… I'm grateful to be in a position to make your life better.
Your trainer for life,
- Joey Atlas